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RATINGS: 2154   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A fine companion to end a meal or relax in front of the hearth with, this robust ale will cellar well for years. Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley this stout is extremely smooth, complex and rich in body. We recommend serving at cellar temperature. Sit back and enjoy its richness and complexity, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

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4.1
drfabulous (7942) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 17, 2011
12 ounce from HyVee. Pitch black. Thick. Creamy head. Lots of coffee and chocolate. For some reason, never rated or never had. Beautiful stout.

4.2
DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle. Dark inky black pour, very little carbonation and a wonderful rich chocolate aroma. Flavor is smoky malt, chocolate, bitter coffee, peat and strong booze and slick vanilla on the aftertaste. Solid and enjoyable imperial stout, can’t believe I hadn’t had this one yet.

3.9
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2011
2011 Bottle; Pour is viscous motor oil. First brew that I’ve seen that poured in a gloopy manner; comical, honestly. I spent hours sampling two bottles of this brew, in an attempt to not only enjoy myself but to cover the complete spectrum of the flavor profile that this brew holds. This wasn’t a disappointment in any way, shape, or form - but it didn’t blow me away, either. The Pour is viscous black, with a modest tannish head that doesn’t retain all that well; Aromas on this brew cover the chocolate, roasted barley, coffee elements as you’d expect. It’s nice, really - The flavor profile shines, honestly. The metallic element typical of imperials was present for a millisecond and gone. Cocoa nibs, licorice, sticky sweetness, roasted barley/coffee though is what the initial tasting divulged. Some people call this brew complex, but I frankly didn’t experience it like some imperials.

4.3
QuezXLV (423) - Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Pours like used motor oil. The head is minimal, but its the darkest I’ve ever seen. You can spell the alcohol a bit it the aroma, but it is offset nicely but its sweetness. Smooth and heavy on the palate with an almost perfect amount of carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden in the taste and the malt is dominant.

4.3
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Roasted malt aroma. Pours thick and jet black with a dark brown head. Very thick mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee flavor. nice alcohol and slight bitterness at the end. Freaking great beer!

4.2
brigg (679) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2011
(bottle) Pours a dark syrupy velvet brown, almost black, with a small and dense but disappearing head. Dark roast malt aroma, coffee, chocolate; sweet with notes of alcohol. Full, syrupy body; creamy, then slightly sticky. Flavor is dark roasted malt, medium sweet; light bitterness with smoky notes blended nicely and balanced. Very smooth overall.

4.2
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2011
The head quickly disappeared upon pouring to a thin tan ring around the edge of the glass. Very dark brown with mahogany hues at the edge. Very strong roasted presence as well as some raisinlike sweetness and chocolate flavors. Great well rounded mouthfeel and a nice lingering finish.

4.3
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Inky oil-slick jet black in color. Solid layer of tan foamy head that leaves behind spotty lacing. Aroma has a very pleasant mild chocolate aspect alongside the more standard roasted malt & bitter coffee elements of a stout. Flavor follows along the same lines as the aroma, but the roasty aspects really dominate here. The beer finishes with a nice bitter coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is excellent - super silky smooth and oily. The high abv is almost totally hidden making this one dangerously drinkable. Another top quality beer from Founders. Highly recommended.

2.6
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2011
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a snifter and couldn’t finish it; that’s how rich, viscous, and oily this one is. It sat still beneath a couple of bubbles that quickly dissipated. The flavor began wonderfully, with complex layers of lactose and caramel interplaying with the roasted malt. Unfortunately, there is so much roast bitterness in the finish that the primary flavors are but a memory, and my palate is Russia after Napoleon’s troops left. A disappointment from a brewery that I usually like a lot.

4.3
JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Very dark pour and dark brown head. This was a bottle aged for one year. Great complex imperial stout with cocoa and hints of coffee. There is quite a bit of sediment at the bottom of this beer. Very slight hint of alcohol at the end of the palate.


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